Barris' Corvette Asteroid to land in the US

| 27 Mar 2013

A stunning one-off 1963 Chevrolet Corvette created by George Barris and dubbed the Asteroid is set to be seen in public for the first time in nearly 50 years.

The C2 was ordered by powerboat racer Bob Nordskog and is currently being restored.

Delivered to the ‘Kustom King’ in the bare metal, he fitted the car with an extended nose cone (with its headlights hidden behind the grille) and removed the split screen.

Its rear wheelarches, meanwhile, were enlarged to accommodate Dayton wire wheels, on public roads, or American Mags for circuit work.

The most obvious additions were side-exit exhausts, with exposed manifolds branching from behind the front wheels, and a metallic copper paint job that gave the car the flaming effect that earned it its nickname.

Everything under the bonnet was either painted gold or chrome-plated, including the 352cu in V8 that was fed by six Stromberg 97 carburettors.

The car will be on display from 23-25 August at Corvettes at Carlisle in the US.

Event manager Lance Miller said: "He [Barris] made up some of the most creative automotive masterpieces in history and, fortunately for us, restyled an amazingly vibrant and quite wild '63 Corvette for Bob Nordskog.

"This car is being carefully restored back to its original state as it once was in '63 and we're excited to unveil it for the first time since the mid-'60s.”

Find out more on the Carlisle Events website.